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Home owners can be reassured that WA’s building regulator is taking action on standards, compliance and dispute resolution across the industry, according to retiring Building Commissioner Ken Bowron. Mr Bowron leaves Building and Energy (formerly the Building Commission and Energy Safety ) today after 10 years, including 18 months at the helm of the combined division within the Department of...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Media release
14 Jun 2019
A Perth business that failed to provide documents to State Government electrical safety inspectors has been fined $25,000 on appeal after the Supreme Court ruled that the original $3,000 penalty was manifestly inadequate. Jason Aaron Nominees Pty Ltd , based in Willetton, was resentenced for breaching the Energy Coordination Act by not providing records requested by Energy Safety (now Building...
EnergySafety
Media release
04 Jun 2019
Properties for sale or rent Under the Electricity Regulations 1947 all residential premises sold, rented or hired must have all socket outlets and lighting final sub-circuits protected by at least 2 RCDs. It is also essential to ensure that there are no more than 3 final sub-circuits per RCD and the lighting circuits (if 2 or more) are separated over the RCDs. Further details appear in the...
EnergySafety
Department News
27 May 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Winter is coming and we’ve got an important energy safety message to share about gas heaters. You could be putting your health and your family’s health at risk if you don’t follow this advice. Gas heaters are an effective way to keep warm but if they are faulty, poorly maintained or misused they can leak carbon monoxide (CO) gas, which can...
Consumer Protection / EnergySafety
Media release
09 May 2019
Since its launch in 2016, eNotice has been widely accepted and acknowledged by industry for its efficiencies and overall effectiveness. With over 90% of notices now being completed in eNotice, Building and Energy has made the decision to make lodgement of Preliminary Notices and Notices of Completion using eNotice mandatory. As of 1 July 2019 it will be mandatory to lodge all electrical...
EnergySafety
Department News
17 Apr 2019
Modified procedure now available The Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 (ELR) have been amended to provide for a modified procedure to reduce the volume of Notices of Completion (notices) required for large electrical installation projects. Electrical Contractors involved with large projects may elect to use the modified system or continue to use the general notice system applicable to all...
EnergySafety
Department News
09 Apr 2019
A national safety alert has been issued for four open-flued gas heaters that, under certain circumstances, may produce too much carbon monoxide – potentially causing serious health risks to users. Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ) is urging owners of these gas heaters to stop using them immediately. The safety alert applies to: Regency i31 (purchased after 1 January 2010) supplied by...
EnergySafety
Media release
12 Mar 2019
A Mandurah electrician has pleaded guilty to breaching electricity regulations by failing to install a crucial safety component at a building site, which could have resulted in a fatal electric shock. Dale Eric Subke of Coodanup is a licensed electrician (EW159776) and a director of Subke Pty Ltd , trading as Dalectrix (EC9256). On February 1, Mandurah Magistrates Court fined Mr Subke $4,500 and...
EnergySafety
Media release
05 Feb 2019
As many West Australians fire up barbecues, plug in Christmas lights and tackle projects around the house this summer, Building and Energy has issued a safety reminder about potential gas and electrical hazards, including in roof spaces. Barbecue safety Director of Energy Safety Saj Khan said incorrectly maintained gas barbecues could cause fires, injuries and property damage – but simple checks...
EnergySafety
Media release
19 Dec 2018
WorkSafe has issued a safety alert reminding painting professionals and other contractors that high pressure water cleaning of asbestos cement material is prohibited. WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a registered painter used a high pressure water cleaner on an asbestos cement roof to prepare it for painting. This resulted in the property and neighbouring properties being contaminated...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Alert
18 Dec 2018
WorkSafe has issued a safety alert on the health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in the stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries. Cumulative exposure to RCS may cause serious, debilitating and potentially fatal health effects, including silicosis. RCS is smaller than dust and is invisible to the naked eye. Tiny particles of...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Alert
18 Dec 2018
A product recall has been issued for the Companion portable single and double burner butane gas stoves sold at stores nationally between 11 January and October 2018, AGA certification no. 8704. In some stoves, the gas valve may leak during operation. There is a possibility of a fire or explosion occurring. If you have any of these stoves, cease using the product immediately and return the product...
EnergySafety
Alert
12 Dec 2018
The following statement was issued by Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, on Tuesday 11 December 2018: John Fiocco's review of security of payment reform for WA subcontractors released Government will carefully consider all 44 recommendations The McGowan Government today released John Fiocco's final report on Security of Payment Reform in the WA Building and...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Media release
11 Dec 2018
As of 1 January 2019, c ourtesy renewal reminder notices for licences, permits and registrations will only be sent electronically. The changes will apply to the following licensing authorities: Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Director of Energy Safety For information on the renewal process and details on how to update your contact details, visit our Renewal reminder notices...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Department News
05 Dec 2018
Our offices will be closed from Monday 24 December 2018 to Wednesday 2 January 2019 . Normal services will return on Thursday 3 January 2019 . For urgent enquiries please visit the contact us page . You can still renew your licence on our website at any time.
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Labour Relations / WorkSafe / Corporate
Department News
15 Nov 2018
Building and Energy urges electricians working on power transformers to exercise caution after a recent incident where electrical workers were exposed to hazardous asbsestos-containing material (ACM). In January 2018, electrical workers undertaking repairs to a high voltage (HV) power transformer which had failed, disconnected the transformer by unbolting and removing a gland plate from the base...
EnergySafety
Department News
02 Nov 2018
An electrician was employed by an electrical contractor engaged by the network operator to carry out work on their Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Project. The electrician was carrying out the replacement of an analogue kWh meter with a new digital kWh meter at a domestic property in Esperance. After installing the new meter, the electrician replaced the SPD to reconnect the supply...
EnergySafety
Department News
02 Nov 2018
With a new season underway, the State’s energy safety regulator is urging home and business owners to do a simple check of their residual current devices (RCDs) – the compulsory life-saving switches that protect against electrocution. RCDs instantly stop the electricity supply when they detect a fault, such as when a person receives an electric shock. The rapid response is designed to protect...
EnergySafety
Media release
26 Sep 2018
Building and Energy wishes to remind you that you must use the correct postal address for all correspondence. Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Building and Energy Division Locked Bag 14 CLOISTERS SQUARE WA 6850 From Friday 24 August 2018 there is no longer a mail redirection set up. Therefore, mail sent to any previous addresses will not be received by the Licensing Boards...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Department News
29 Aug 2018
Some quick checks and routine maintenance could have prevented the explosion of a storage water heater outside a home in Perth’s north, according to Building and Energy inspectors who attended the site. The incident is a timely reminder for owners of all storage water heaters – gas, electric and solar – to follow the recommended maintenance schedule, which usually involves simple checks every few...
EnergySafety
Media release
08 Aug 2018
From 30 June 2018 , DC isolating switches used in solar PV installations must comply with a Level 3 certification under the national Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS). This means DC isolating switches must have a valid Certificate of Conformity confirming the product complies with Australian Standard AS 60947.3:2018. The brand and all relevant models must be registered to the responsible...
EnergySafety
Alert
05 Jul 2018
The posting of racist signs in Pinjin in the Goldfields is resoundingly condemned by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Labour Relations / WorkSafe / Corporate
Media release
03 Jul 2018
A series of controlled burns filmed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services have shown how rapidly fire, smoke and toxic fumes can fill a room and turn deadly. A fire in a modern home has the potential to spread and engulf a room in under five minutes. The vision of the controlled burns demonstrates the need for Western Australians to treat home fire safety as a priority this winter by...
Consumer Protection / EnergySafety
Media release
27 Jun 2018
Residential property owners in WA need to be on the ball when it comes to smoke alarms and the laws governing them. The recent house fire in Thornlie, where two lives were lost, is a tragic and timely reminder of the importance of the alarms as in that case the alarm was found not to be working. Western Australian laws require the owner of a dwelling to have compliant smoke alarms and residual...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Media release
27 Jun 2018
The 2018 edition of AS/NZS 3000:2018, Electrical Installations (known as the Wiring Rules) is now available. The new standard has been developed by Standards Australia in collaboration with industry and government. AS/NZS 3000 specifies the electrical installation safety requirements for all premises in Australia and New Zealand. The new edition is a complete revision of the 2007 edition,...
EnergySafety
Alert
26 Jun 2018

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